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Luther Halsey Gulick

Luther Halsey Gulick, Japanese government administrator. Recipient Butler medal Columbia University, 1939, gold medal National Planning Association, 1964, citations American Society Public Administration, 1964, National Municipal League, 1964, International City Managers Association, 1966, National Recreation Association, 1972, Gruenberg award Governmental Research Association, 1978; named Young Man of Year, New York, 1954.


  • Gulick, Luther Halsey was born on January 17, 1892 in Osaka, Japan. Son of Sidney Lewis and Cara M. (Fisher) Gulick.

  • Education

    • AB, Oberlin College, 1914. AM, Oberlin College, 1915. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Oberlin College, 1939.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1920. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Whitman College, 1952. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Columbia University, 1954.


    • Secretary Joint Special Committee on Budget Massachusetts General Court. Assistant chief of section Council National Defense, World War I. Former staff member in public finance and taxation New York Bureau Municipal Research, director, 1920-1921.

      City administrator New York City, 1954-1956. President National Institute Public Administrn., 1921-1931. With Institute Public Administrn., 1921-1962, chairman board trustees, 1962-1982.

      Counsel research staff legislation committees and tax departments various states. Eaton professor municipal science and administration Columbia University, 1931-1942. Lecturer various university and profl organizations including National Recreation Association, American Political Science Association, American Society Public Administration.

      Director Commission Inquiry on Public Service Personnel, 1933-1936. Member President's Committee Administrative Management, 1935-1938. Consultant chief of staff War Department, 1940-1942.

      Staff War Production Board, 1940-1944. Assistant to director Smaller War Plants Corporation, 1943-1944. Consultant numerous governmental agencies, administrator various governmental organizations for research and investigation, during and following World World War II.

      Member staff United States Reparations Mission, Moscow, Potsdam, Tokyo, Manila, 1945, Paris, Brussels, Nuremberg, Vienna, 1946. Consultant foreign governments and United Nations, 1953-1972, Committee Economic Development.



    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Congregationalist


    Trustee Oberlin College, 1940-1948, National Recreation Association, National Audubon Society, National Planning Association 1st lieutenant United States Army. Member American Political Science Association (president 1953), American Society Public Administration (past president), University Club, Greensboro Yacht Club, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Helen McKelvey Swift, 1917 (deceased 1969). Children: Clarence Swift, Luther Halsey. Married Carol Willis Moffett, 1970 (deceased 1989).
    • father: Sidney Lewis Gulick
    • mother: Cara M. (Fisher) Gulick
    • spouses: Helen McKelvey Swift
    • Carol Willis Moffett
    • children: Clarence Swift Gulick
    • Luther Halsey Gulick
    Luther Halsey Gulick
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    Born January 17, 1892
    Died January 10, 1993
    (aged 100)
    • 1914
      Oberlin College
    • 1915
      Oberlin College
    • 1939
      Oberlin College
    • 1920
      Columbia University
    • 1952
      Whitman College
    • 1954
      Columbia University
    • 1920 - 1921
      former staff member, in public finance and taxation New York Bureau Municipal Research
    • 1920 - 1921
      director, in public finance and taxation New York Bureau Municipal Research
    • 1921 - 1931
      president, National Institute Public Administrn.
    • 1954 - 1956
      city administrator, New York City
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